Bible Reading

As I’m dealing with health problems and starting to work on a blog series, I thought I might write some short posts.

I’ve never read the Bible in a staggered way, meaning, two chapters of the OT, a chapter of Psalms and a chapter in the NT, like I’m pretty much doing now. It was either slow reading (devotionally, for lack of a better term), or reading through the Bible straight through or in “chronological” order. I just finished Leviticus and am starting Deuteronomy where God tells the older folks and Moses that they can’t go to the new place because they didn’t believe. So they couldn’t go and rest from all of that time in the desert. Then I happen to read chapter 4 of Hebrews the next day and the writer, certainly not Paul (let’s see if prof. David Black is reading), says that believers have now entered in God’s rest (Hebrews 4:5-7). Although lately I don’t feel like I got no rest (Greek allows for double negatives as emphasis, so I’ll adopt that), I am in his rest. I’m not wandering aimlessly, complaining, not believing, not receiving God’s benefits. Maybe some of those middle two, but God has given me the faith to believe in Him, and I have His inheritance that will never disappear, wear out, get old, change over time or anything like that (1 Peter 1:4). It’s mine, and ours who are believers, and we and our inheritance are protected by God through our faith in Him (1 Peter 1:5) that He’s given to us (Ephesians 2:8). I suppose that’s blessing on blessing or grace on grace.

That’s all for now.

~Jeff

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